Lesotho heading for polls as parliament reconvenes today

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Lesotho's parliament is reconvening today after three months suspension over coup fears.

South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa the SADC Facilitator is set to attend the opening.

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The opening of the parliament forms part of the roadmap of the Southern African kingdom towards the 2015 polls.

“The reconvening of Lesotho’s Parliament by His Majesty, King, Letsie III, comes against the framework of the recently signed Maseru Facilitation Declaration on 2 October 2014 facilitated by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and signed by all Lesotho’s political parties,” reads statement from the Presidency.

His Majesty, King Letsie III is set to reconvene Parliament on to discuss the budget and all other related matters regarding the holding of elections.

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The Maseru Facilitation Declaration also provided that Parliament is to be dissolved at the beginning of December 2014 to prepare for the holding of the National General Elections scheduled for the end of February 2015 and on a date to be set by His Majesty, King Letsie III.

Ramaphosa continues to be supported in his regional facilitation efforts by a team of SADC experts and members of the Secretariat from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe led by SADC Deputy Executive Secretary Themba Mhlongo.